This is a living compilation of all the creative types, terminology, and tools that I mention in my works and writings. I will attempt to define, explain, and expand on my existing work here.
Table of Contents (tip down to view)
- The Createpædia
- Action Tools
- Hands On
- Heads Down
- Hearts Out
- Connection Tools
- Creative Approach
- Creative Journeys
- Action Journey
- Connection Journey
- Exception Journey
- Creative Modes
- Creative Toolkit
- Action Tools
- Connection Tools
- Exception Tools
- Elements of Creativity
- Exception Tools
- Qs, Three
- Realms of Creativity
- Tenets of Creativity
- Create more
- Create better
- Create different
- Three Qs
I have been speaking and writing about creativity since 2006. In that time, my ideas and terminology have shifted and changed, grown and adapted. Some of my earlier work was untested or premature. Some of the words and labels I used were imperfect or incomplete. I expect it will always be this way, but I will do my best to present the new yet reference the old for clarity. This Createpædia represents the very latest of my thinking, and will hopefully provide an interesting framework to understand yourself and your creative pursuits.
Feel it. Think it. Do it.
Action is one of the three Elements of Creativity.
It is a hands-on activity and occurs in a physical space, therefore Action is primarily about making.
To act, one needs discipline— the ability to put in the time necessary to get something done and improve your craft.
In my work, Action is always associated with bright Yellow.
Action Tools are Hands On
These are hands on tools for doing. They helps you get from Initiation to Actualization and are meant to build discipline.
- 💣 DYNOMITE Top drawer action exercises designed for initiation—quickly breaking barriers of fear, doubt, distraction, procrastination, and others.
- ⛏ PICKS Bottom drawer action practices designed for actualization—slowly building up the practice of dicipline.
CMYK is an acronym for the 4 colours in the additive printing process:
- Key (the key colour is always black in desktop publishing)
Connection is one of the three Elements of Creativity.
It is a Heads Down activity that occurs in a mental space, therefore Connection is primarily about thinking.
To connect with relevance, one needs curiosity—the ability to ask questions with an open mind and look for answers.
In my work, Connection is always associated with the bright blue colour Cyan.
Heads down tools for thinking. Helps you get from Association to Integration. Builds curiosity.
- 🥅 NETSTop drawer connection exercises designed for association—going wide to catch or gather as many elements as possible to analyze and re-cluster or synthesize.
- 🌉 BRIDGESBottom drawer connection practices designed for integration—going deep to relating the multiple disciplines or thoughts into an innovative whole.
This is a work in progress (WIP) and may change as it develops
There are journeys, or progressions, for each of the three Elements of Creativity.
The Action journey moves from initiation to actualization.
The Connection journey moves from association to integration.
The Exception journey moves from experimentation to expression.
There are six distinct Creative Modes:
The creative toolkit consists of three compartments, each with a top and bottom drawer. The top drawer in each compartment is for quick tips and exercises, while the bottom drawer is for deeper practices and routines. The compartments themselves are directly related to the three elements of creativity: Action, Connection, and Exception.
Creativity is the act of connecting things in exceptional ways.
Cyan is the C in CMYK, the four colours used in the additive printing process. It is a bright sky-bluish colour.
In my work, cyan is always associated with Connection.
Elements of Creativity
Exception is one of the three Elements of Creativity.
It is a Hearts Out activity that occurs in an emotional space, therefore Exception is primarily about feeling.
To create with Exception, one needs observation—the ability to truly see themselves and those around them.
Hearts out tools for feeling. Helps you get from Experimentation to Expression. Builds empathy.
- 👓 LENSES Top drawer exception exercises designed for experimentation—trying on different voices and perspectives.
- 🥽 BLINDFOLDS Bottom drawer exception practices designed for expression—understanding the self enough to come from a place of confidence and authenticity.
Magenta is the M in CMYK, the four colours used in the additive printing process. It is a bright pinkish colour.
In my work, magenta is always associated with Exception.
see Creative Modes
Create more with Action.
Create better with Connection
Create different with Exception
Realms of Creativity
The Physical Realm is one of doing, of action, of being hands-on.
The Mental Realm is one of thinking and curiosity and learning, of being heads down.
This is the realm of asking questions, of open-mindedness. Of knowing enough to make associations, but also integrating that knowledge into your work to make it better.
The Personal Realm could also be called the Emotional Realm or even the Spiritual Realm, but the word Personal can encompass all of these quite handily.
This is the realm of feeling, of empathy, of wearing your heart out on your sleeve.
This is the realm of knowing yourself, or at the very least, knowing enough of yourself to experiment and express it, to make your work different than every else.
Tenets of Creativity
Create more. Create better. Create different.
Without action, without creating, there are no creations. It is a journey from initiation to actualization.
Without connection, without a burning curiosity about how things are related to one another, there is no relevance. It is a journey from association to integration.
Without exception, without understanding yourself and those around you, there is no meaning. It is a journey from from experimentation to expression.
see Qs, Three
see Creative Toolkit
Yellow is the Y in CMYK, the four colours used in the additive printing process.
In my work, yellow is always associated with Action.